Norton Simon Museum From Home | Physical Reopening in May, A Year of Meditative Moments

The museum marks the one-year anniversary of this series

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Reopening Update: The Museum is pleased to announce a public reopening on Thursday, May 20th. Museum Members enjoy preview days from May 15th – 17th. Details, including information on purchasing or reserving tickets, new hours of operation, and safety protocols will be shared next week. We look forward to your return!

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum’s Manager of Youth and Family Programs, Mariko Tu, came up with an idea for a series of short, art-focused meditations to help address some of the fears, uncertainties and anxieties many of us were feeling. A year later, she has created more than forty meditations — each one focused on a particular artwork from our collection — which span many different themes. As we mark the anniversary of this series, Mariko shares some of the thinking behind Meditative Moments in an article for our Impressions websection, then leads a short introduction video to help you with your contemplative practice. The video ends with a guided meditation featuring Kandinsky’s cosmic Heavy Circles.

Meditative Moments: Earth Day Meditation

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French painter Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot visited Italy three times over the course of his career. While there, he worked in the open air painting oil sketches and making countless drawings. In Site in Italy, we see an ideal Italian landscape painted from memory and imagination after Corot’s return to Paris. Looking at this painting, we can almost feel the warmth of the sun and hear the tranquil sounds of nature. For this meditation, head outside and, using your senses, take a moment to appreciate the world around you. MEDITATE

Art-Making Activity: Paper Making

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Celebrate Earth Day with an activity inspired by the Museum’s collection of 17th-century Dutch tulip paintings, which were created using handmade paper. During the 1600s, tulips were greatly admired and sought after by Dutch gardeners and botanists for their vivid colors, and varieties of tulips were recorded and bound in albums, like the works in our collection. In this art-making activity, make your own paper using recycled scraps, then draw on it to create a scene inspired by nature. | MAKE

NEW! Virtual Art Classes for Kids

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We are excited to announce that our art-making classes for children and young adults have returned virtually! Classes are free but advance registration is required to ensure mailed materials will arrive in time.

These programs are limited to a small number of students, so be sure to register early. | REGISTER

What We’re Watching: Conversations@PAM: Belonging, Accessibility and Advocacy in the Museum

Collections Coordinator Andrea Cook writes, “I attended a webinar hosted by the USC Pacific Asia Museum, which featured activist Alice Wong and curator and historian Amanda Cachia.

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They presented their ideas, experiences and research on museum accessibility and advocacy in a compelling manner that led me to think more broadly about our visitors’ experiences and ways to reach diverse audiences. I was struck by the idea of an ethos of belonging and the power of representation in many forms. As someone who feels that art should be for everyone, I hope these dialogues will continue and will create impact on the arts community in profoundly positive ways.” | WATCH

In our Online Store: Gifts for Mother’s Day

For the mother or mother-figure in your life, shop our online store for a wide variety of books, art supplies, notecards, gifts and more. Remember, members receive 20% off most items. | SHOP

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